Hedge Care: Machinery and Tools

What are the essential tools for trimming and training hedges in a typical, smallish garden?

Razor-sharp shears are the vital tool, with comfortable handles and a balanced weight. Step-ladders, canes, and a line, a collecting sheet, and a wheelbarrow are also useful or necessary; also secateurs for larger shoots and for laurel hedges.

We have a 100 m (330 ft) frontage of a formal mixed hedge of beech and hornbeam. Cutting this by hand now that it is established is time-consuming as well as hard work. What are the advantages of mechanical hedge-trimmers?

Mechanical hedge-trimmers have reciprocating blades, and will make 2000 to 4000 cuts a minute; the higher rate produces a lot of vibration and can be very tiring. But even the slower-cutting models do the work very much more quickly than by hand. Electrically powered either by a battery or mains, they are easy to use and balanced so as to minimize their apparent weight.

30. October 2013 by admin
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